The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on March 25, 2014, under Time Choices.
When it comes to time, one size doesn’t fit all, and that’s where incremental time comes in. It’s about taking a mindful and flexible view of your tasks and priorities – a view that ultimately frees you to plan and allocate your time in the chunks that best fit your needs.
This is something that can vary depending on lots of different variables, including:
Incremental time offers a flexible approach to time planning that requires mindfulness, discipline, and follow-through. More often than not, we think in regular, rather regimented time intervals. Whether you choose 15-, 30- or 45-minute slots for tasks, doesn’t it feel like you are often still trying to fit square pegs into round holes?
Well, what if you take a step back and really look at what you need or want to do? And don’t forget to also consider how you feel about it. Then your time planning can take in these factors – and you’ll find yourself using time much more efficiently.
If you have a task on your plate that requires a great deal of concentration, you’ll want to give yourself time to really dig into it. And don’t forget that you’ll probably also need time to “enter” and “exit” that particular project. Giving yourself enough time and space enhances your productivity.
On the other hand, what if you have a task that you’re procrastinating about? This is a situation where assigning a small time increment will likely help you overcome resistance and get yourself started. Once you’re engaged with the task, you can then reassess the amount of incremental time you’ll need to continue your work.
The more you allow yourself to be mindfully flexible with regard to your time, the more efficient and effective you’ll be in your planning. Here are just a few of the ways that you benefit:
How do you view your time? Can you see how shifting to a more flexible stance can help you find focus and get unstuck when you need to?
I hope you find this helpful and wish you every time success!